Visitors to the Volkening Heritage Farm and Merkle Cabin on Saturday were whisked back to a time of less holiday hustle and bustle during the Christmas in the Valley event at Spring Valley in Schaumburg.
There was bread and gingerbread cookies baking in a wood-burning stove, a four-piece brass band playing carols, and children and their parents keeping warm with a cup of hot chocolate before visiting Father Christmas, a Victorian era-presentation of Santa Claus, in the Merkle Cabin.
Both the farm, which is an actual working farm complete with animals, and the cabin in the nearby woods, are a peek at what life was like in Schaumburg during the late 1800s.
“We’re just trying to present a more nostalgic view of Christmas, of the holidays, from the 19th Century, said Spring Valley Manager David Brooks. “Even with Santa, he’s dressing up as a Father Christmas figure because Santa has evolved over time.”
The event also takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.